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Seminoles split pair with Eagles

CONYERS - The Salem Seminoles split their doubleheader against Eagle's Landing losing the first game 4-3 before coming back to win the second game 6-1 on Wednesday.

Wells Baldwin paced the Seminoles with three hits followed by Josh Bailey and Brandon Crumbley with two hits.

The trio also had extra-base hits with Baldwin and Crumbley going yard and Bailey hitting a triple.

Despite a lack of hitting in the first game, the Seminoles had a chance to tie the game before mistakes stopped their effort.

"We made a crucial mistake trying to make a play in the last inning that really hurt us. Still, we had the tying and winning run on base in the last inning but didn't come through," Salem coach Chad Kitchens said.

In five innings of work, Cody Strange had five strikeouts while hitting three batsmen and allowing two hits.

After struggling in the first game, Salem came out with a new desire in the second game.

"We came out with more fire in this game and hit better. We never let the game get close and took control from the early going," Kitchens said. "John Muirhead is quickly becoming someone we can really count on for pitching. He has given us a good effort in each appearance he has made."

Muirhead shut down the Golden Eagles with four strikeouts and one walk in three innings on the mound.

Gazzara Mitchell came in relief for two innings and allowed two hits and struck out four batters.

"We have gotten off to a slow start winning only two of our first four (games). That is OK though if we can start hitting on all cylinders before region play starts. I think we are capable of playing much better that we have thus far," Kitchens said.

"The positive thing to me is the production we are getting out of our younger guys who have never played varsity before. All we can do is keep working and stay positive. Although I am not satisfied with how we've played, there are a lot of positives to build on for this season. I think we will get better as the year goes on and we continue to get used to playing together."